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Care During & Post Kidding In Dairy Goats

Producers can ensure the health of their herd by learning the proper procedures for care of their goats during kidding and in the days that follow.

To ensure bonding of does with their kids and to prevent hypothermia in…

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Goat Vaccination

The goal of vaccination is to stimulate an immune response that provides some level of protection from disease. Unfortunately, most vaccines do not achieve complete protection from infection and subsequent disease. Vaccines are expe…

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Prussic Acid Poisoning of Livestock

Prussic acid poisoning, also known as cyanide poisoning, is a metabolic condition in livestock that can periodically occur in operations.

Forages such as Johnsongrass, sorghum, sudangrass, and sorghum-sudangrass hybrids…

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Alabama Beef Quality Assurance: Biosecurity

The threat of catastrophic loss due to disease outbreak is a primary concern for the Alabama beef industry. Beef producers should be aware of the risks and procedures to eliminate threats and the need to develop a biosecurity plan.

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Planning to Make a Cow-Calf Profit

Most cattle businesses in Alabama are cow-calf operations. The profitability of these operations is largely a function of the ability to produce and market high-quality feeder calves at a reasonable cost of production.

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Drinking Water for Livestock

The quantity and quality of water required by livestock are important considerations for the overall maintenance of herd health and productivity.

Amount of water required depends on several factors.
Quality of water may infl…

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Disease Management in High Tunnel Systems

In recent years, high tunnel production of vegetables has increased significantly in the Southeast. High tunnels provide crop protection from low temperatures in spring and fall, extending the growing season. Disease management practices in…

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Cotton Production Calendar

January

Complete fertility samples.
Review gin sheets, on-farm trials, and OVT data for yield and fiber quality. ƒ
Begin variety selection.
Attend technical meetings.

February

 Attend meetings.
C…

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Systems Approach to Beef Production: Developing a Basic Management Plan

A systems approach to beef cattle production involves many working parts that influence the overall goal of the operation. Although you may think about repairing these parts one piece at a time, you must recognize that, in reality, …

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Maintaining Herd Health When Introducing a New Bull

Purchasing a new bull is an investment with long-term impact, both financially and genetically. As a result, bulls should be initially selected on expected progeny differences (EPDs), performance measures, and potentially breed. Fin…

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Treating Stocker Calves

Despite all the advances in preventative health management, stocker calves still get sick sometimes. Newly arrived stocker calves are particularly susceptible to respiratory disease. However, quickly identifying sick calves and prov…

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Euthanasia of Livestock

While no livestock owner ever wants to lose an animal, sometimes euthanasia is the most humane option for sick, injured, and debilitated livestock.

Euthanasia is a Greek term meaning good death and occurs when death is induced wi…

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Breeding Soundness Examination for Replacement Heifers

Replacement heifers are an investment with long-term consequences, both financially and genetically. Heifers are evaluated based on breed, physical soundness, conformation, genetic analysis, growth, body condition score, visual appr…

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Prevention Best Medicine for Calf Scours

When new calves are born and start growing, so does the threat of calf scours (diarrhea). A variety of infectious microorganisms, including bacteria (e.g., E. coli, Salmonella spp., Clostridium perfringens, Campylobacter ssp.), viru…

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